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2012 Rising Stars Challenge: Draft Takes Place Thursday Night

MarShon Brooks probably won't get traded on this draft night, but the New Jersey Nets shooting guard finds out Thursday night which team he will play for in the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge.

Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley, acting as general managers, will choose teams from the 18-player available player pool on Thursday night at 7 p.m. on NBA TV. The game will then be held on Feb. 24 in Orlando as part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend.


Related: MarShon Brooks selected No. 12 in Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

Formerly known as the Rookie Challenge, the game used to feature first-year players against second-year players. But this year the NBA decided to select mixed rosters and re-name it the Rising Stars Challenge.

The entire roster pool follows:

ROOKIES: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Kemba Walker (Bobcats), Markieff Morris (Suns), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Marshon Brooks (Nets).

SOPHOMORES: Blake Griffin (Clippers), John Wall (Wizards), Evan Turner (76ers),DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Paul George (Pacers), Landry Fields (Knicks), Tiago Splitter (Spurs).

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